Terms Used In Louisiana Revised Statutes 15:185.2

  • Board: means the Louisiana Public Defender Board, or any successor to that board, which is authorized to regulate the providing of legal services to indigent persons in criminal proceedings in which the right to counsel attaches under the United States and Louisiana constitutions. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 15:185.2
  • Concurrent resolution: A legislative measure, designated "S. Con. Res." and numbered consecutively upon introduction, generally employed to address the sentiments of both chambers, to deal with issues or matters affecting both houses, such as a concurrent budget resolution, or to create a temporary joint committee. Concurrent resolutions are not submitted to the President/Governor and thus do not have the force of law.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • program: means the Indigent Parents' Representation Program required by the Louisiana Children's Code and administered in accordance with the provisions of R. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 15:185.2
  • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.

            As used in this Part, the following words shall have the following meanings:

            (1) “Board” means the Louisiana Public Defender Board, or any successor to that board, which is authorized to regulate the providing of legal services to indigent persons in criminal proceedings in which the right to counsel attaches under the United States and Louisiana constitutions. The board is also authorized to regulate the providing of representation to indigent parents as authorized by this Part.

            (2) “Child abuse and neglect case” means a child protection proceeding conducted by a court exercising juvenile jurisdiction involving the abuse or neglect of children as provided specifically in Titles VI, X, and XI, of the Louisiana Children’s Code.

            (3) “District office” means the office of a district public defender.

            (4) “District public defender”, “chief indigent defender”, or “chief public defender” means an attorney employed by or under contract with the board to supervise service providers and enforce standards and guidelines within a judicial district or multiple judicial districts.

            (5) “Indigent Parents’ Program” or “the program” means the Indigent Parents’ Representation Program required by the Louisiana Children’s Code and administered in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 15:185.1 through 185.9.

            (6) “Indigent parent representation” means the providing of legal services to indigent or absent parents in child abuse and neglect cases as required by the provisions of the Louisiana Children’s Code.

            (7) “Public defender” or “indigent defender” means an attorney employed by or under contract with the board, the district public defender, or a nonprofit organization contracting with the board or the district public defender to provide representation, including curatorship appointments, to indigent or absent parents in child abuse and neglect cases as required by the provisions of the Louisiana Children’s Code.

            (8) “Revenue” or “self-generated revenue” means all revenue received by a judicial district except revenue received as a result of grants, donations, or other forms of assistance when the terms and conditions thereof or of agreements pertaining thereto require otherwise.

            (9) “Task Force on Legal Representation in Child Protection Cases” means the task force created by House Concurrent Resolution No. 44 of the 2003 Regular Session of the Legislature.

            Acts 2007, No. 95, §2; Acts 2016, No. 407, §2, eff. June 5, 2016.